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Association of Fundraising Professionals’ International Conference

Principal Tom Ralser looks forward to attending this conference each year. The world’s largest conference for professional fundraisers, it’s an amazing opportunity to connect with colleagues and stay on top of the major trends and concerns impacting our sector. Contact Tom to connect during the…

Southern Economic Development Council’s Meet the Consultants

Principal Andy Coe will be attending this year’s Meet the Consultants. As a former Board Representative for North Carolina, he enjoys attending these events as they provide an excellent opportunity to stay engaged with his clients, friends, and colleagues that are fellow SEDC members. Interested…

North Carolina Economic Development Association’s Spring Conference

Principals Andy Coe & Rick Kiernan, both North Carolina residents themselves, look forward to attending this annual event. Participating in this opportunity to connect with the state’s economic development professionals and learn more about the trends and challenges impacting the state is what helps Convergent…

Florida Philanthropic Network Summit

Principal Carol Wick is honored to be invited to speak at this year’s Summit. Please check back for details on her session closer to the event date. Unable to attend? Follow along online using #2019FPN for conference insights.

International Economic Development Council’s Leadership Summit

This year’s conference theme, “Waves of Change: Creating Winning Communities Through Collaboration,” is incredibly timely. Our team has worked on several regional fundraising efforts over the last two years which we’d love to tell you about. Be sure to ask Principals Mark Bergethon & Rick…

Fundraising Skills Every Community College President Must Have

Fundraising is at the top of every president’s job description these days. Despite this fact, many first time Presidents struggle with understanding and utilizing the human resources available to them, including development staff, volunteers, and consultants. The bottom line is, you don’t have to raise the…

Virginia Economic Developers Association Annual Meeting & Winter Membership Luncheon

Principal Andy Coe is looking forward to attending this year’s VEDA Annual Meeting & Winter Membership Luncheon. Be sure to ask him about our recent work in the state when you see him!

Private Event – Strategic Planning Workshop

The Council on Aging of Martin County (FL) has engaged Convergent to facilitate a strategic planning workshop. We are excited to bring our “funding forward” perspective to their organization and help them build a strong strategic plan that will resonate with funders, allowing them to…

MidAmerica EDC Competitiveness Conference

Private revenue can be a sustainable, flexible, and useful addition to government funding. If you’re interested in learning how to build a sustainable, highly-effective public-private partnership, join Principal Mark Bergethon on Sunday, December 2nd at 1:30pm as he co-presents Raising Private Money 101.

North Carolina Center for Nonprofits Annual Conference

Principal Tom Ralser will be presenting the session, Monetizing Your Outcomes: Transforming Impact Into Big Dollars, on Wednesday, November 28th at 2pm. Unable to attend? Be sure to follow along using #18ncnpc on social media.

Private Event – Board Retreat

Partnership for Tomorrow, an economic development organization based in Greer, SC, has engaged Convergent to facilitate an upcoming Board Retreat. We look forward to facilitating what is sure to be a productive discussion.

Private Event – Strategic Planning Workshop

The Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida has engaged Convergent to facilitate a strategic planning workshop. We are excited to bring our “funding forward” perspective to their organization and help them build a strong strategic plan that will resonate with funders, allowing them to move…

Texas Economic Development Council Annual Conference

Principal Andy Coe is looking forward to heading back out to the Lone Star State! Interested in learning more about the recent work we’ve been doing in Texas? Andy would love to meet with you while he’s in town!

North Carolina Council of Resource Development Conference

Community colleges play a key role in developing a healthy workforce for their community. That’s why we’re working with colleges like yours throughout the country, helping them secure the funding needed to launch innovative new solutions. Join Principal Rick Kiernan on Thursday, October 18th at…

North Carolina Economic Development Association’s Fall Conference

Principals Andy Coe & Rick Kiernan look forward to exhibiting at this annual event. As North Carolina residents themselves, they’re deeply committed to providing the support needed to ensure North Carolina’s economic development and nonprofit sectors flourish. That dedication is why we’ve become the go-to…

National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship Annual Conference

We’re excited to sponsor the Chancellor’s & President’s Entrepreneurial Leadership track this year! While we won’t have a booth for you to stop by, we’d love for you to join Partner Joe April for either of his two Monday sessions, “Funding Gaps: Going Beyond the…

Private Event – Strategic Planning Workshop

The Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe (FL) has engaged Convergent to facilitate a strategic planning workshop. We are excited to bring our “funding forward” perspective to their organization and help them build a strong strategic plan that will resonate with funders, allowing them to move…

International Economic Development Council Annual Conference

We’re excited that this year’s conference is taking place in Atlanta, home of our national headquarters. In addition to Principal Andy Coe, several additional members of our team, including Partner Jim Hizer and Communications Director Samantha Hardwick, will be attending. In addition to our usual…

Private Event – Strategic Planning Workshop

The Early Head Start Program of Miami-Dade County (FL) has engaged Convergent to facilitate a strategic planning workshop. We are excited to bring our “funding forward” perspective to their organization and help them build a strong strategic plan that will resonate with funders, allowing them…

How to Ensure the Long-Term Viability of Your Pet Sheltering Services for Domestic Violence Survivors

In this webinar, we’ll discuss the various costs associated with maintaining pet-friendly housing programs, opportunities to attract new funders, and how to ensure your established donor base stays engaged throughout the entire implementation process.

Voices Rising National Conference on Domestic Violence

Principal Carol Wick will be presenting the session, Engaging the Community in the Solution: Building & Funding a DV Task Force with Impact, at this year’s conference. Additionally, we are both sponsoring and exhibiting at the conference, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to discover…

Private Event – Strategic Planning Workshop

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Hamilton County (TN) has engaged Convergent to facilitate a strategic planning workshop. We are excited to bring our “funding forward” perspective to their organization and help them build a strong strategic plan that will resonate with funders, allowing them to…

How to Secure the Funding Needed to Launch Your Pet-Friendly Housing Program

This webinar will focus on how to secure the initial funding needed to create pet-friendly housing. We will review various opportunities available and discuss the importance of working with the community when creating and sustaining a pet-friendly housing program.

Virginia Economic Developers Association Annual Conference

Principal Andy Coe looks forward to attending this year’s conference. We’ve worked with several organizations in Virginia recently and would love to share our fundraising experience with you.

Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T)™: A Global Initiative Saving Lives

This webinar will discuss how to implement a (SAF-T)™ Program in your domestic violence shelter and discuss housing options, handling allergies and fear of animals, community engagement, important partnerships, and legal issues, as well as share (SAF-T)™ shelters success stories.

Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executives Annual Conference

Principal Mark Bergethon will be exhibiting. Stop by our booth to learn about your neighbors’ recent, successful fundraising initiatives.

2018/08/22

Southern Economic Development Council Annual Conference

Principal Andy Coe, a long-time SEDC member and past North Carolina Board Representative, is looking forward to this year’s conference in Mobile! Our team has been working with economic development organizations and chambers throughout the southeast for years. Recently, many of our clients’ fundraising projects…

National Conference on Ending Homelessness

Carol Wick is excited to once again be a sponsor at this sold-out conference. Does your agency have more people to serve than funds? Do you need to diversify your funding sources? Then you need to watch Carol’s recent webinar series, “Impact Fundraising for Housing…

ACCE Annual Convention

The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives’ Annual Convention is right around the corner and we are looking forward to exhibiting yet again. Not only will Principals Mark Bergethon and Rick Kiernan be in attendance, this will be Mick Fleming’s first time at the conference…

Events: Attending

Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives’ Annual Conference

Partner Mick Fleming will be attending. Be sure to ask him about his recent work with Texas chambers as well as Convergent’s fundraising projects throughout the state.

Planet Philanthropy

Principal Carol Wick will be presenting at this year’s conference. We hope to see you there! Need to fund your strategic plan? Capital campaigns – they’re not just for buildings anymore. Date & Time TBD Developing a strategic plan will not magically grow your nonprofit….

2018/06/17

North Carolina Economic Development Association’s Annual Conference

Principal Andy Coe looks forward to sponsoring and exhibiting at this year’s conference. As a North Carolina resident himself, he is personally invested in the success of the state’s economic development and nonprofit industries. Be sure to ask Andy about our recent fundraising work in the…

2018/06/12

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans Annual Conference

Principal Tom Ralser will be presenting at this year’s annual conference. Partner Tamera Toogood will also be in attendance. Learning Institute: Effective Fundraising Wednesday, May 30th | 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tom will kick off this three-hour intensive by introducing the concepts of his…

2018/05/30

Florida Economic Development Council’s Annual Conference

Principal Mark Bergethon looks forward to exhibiting at this year’s annual conference. As a Florida resident himself, he is personally invested in the success of the state’s economic development and nonprofit industries. Be sure to ask Mark about our recent fundraising work in Florida.

2018/05/21

Private Event: Multi-year Strategic Planning

PRIVATE EVENT Principal Carol Wick has been engaged by the Florida Association of Early Learning Coalitions to help the CEOs of their 30 statewide member organizations develop a multi-year strategic plan.

2018/05/17

American Association of Community Colleges Annual Convention

Principal Rick Kiernan and Partner Joe April look forward to exhibiting at this year’s American Association of Community Colleges’ Annual Convention. Convergent’s team of fundraising experts understands that community colleges are educational institutions AND regional economic leaders. Whether you’re interested in fundraising for traditional scholarship or…

2018/04/28

National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization’s Management & Leadership Conference

Principal Andy Coe is looking forward to attending the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization’s Management & Leadership Conference again this year. What could your hospice do with an additional $9.2 million? The Hospice of South Texas used the money raised in their capital campaign…

2018/04/23

Orlando Women’s Conference

Principal Carol Wick is honored to once again be participating in the Orlando Women’s Conference. This year, she will moderate the panel, “Making a Real Difference,” a discussion of outputs vs. outcomes, philanthropic marketing, event sponsorships, and more.

2018/04/04

Webinar: Special Events or Sustainable Funding?

Does your organization want to increase your capacity to help move individuals from homelessness to permanent housing? No matter how efficient and effective your operations are, growth isn’t possible without sufficient funding. In the webinar series “Impact Fundraising for Housing & Shelter,” we’ll empower your…

2018/03/20

North Carolina Economic Development Association’s MidWinter Conference

Principals Andy Coe and Rick Kiernan will be attending the 2018 North Carolina Economic Development Association’s MidWinter Conference. Be sure to ask them about our extensive fundraising experience in North Carolina when you see them.

2018/03/13

South Carolina Rural Summit

Principal Rick Kiernan will be attending. Be sure to ask him about our extensive fundraising work in South Carolina when you see him.

2018/03/05

American Camp Association, 2018 National Conference

Convergent Partner Tamera Toogood will be exhibiting at the American Camp Association’s 2018 National Conference. Does your camp need to secure funding for a special initiative or new growth/improvement project? Be sure to stop by our booth to learn more about our fundraising services and…

2018/02/20

Are you ready to really fundraise?

Does your organization want to increase your capacity to help move individuals from homelessness to permanent housing? No matter how efficient and effective your operations are, growth isn’t possible without sufficient funding. In the webinar series “Impact Fundraising for Housing & Shelter,” we’ll empower your…

2018/02/20
Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executives

TCCE Winter Conference & Reception

Convergent is honored to Sponsor this year’s TCCE Winter Conference & Reception. Principal Mark Bergethon will be in attendance to learn more about the needs and challenges of Tennessee’s chamber community. Stop by our booth to learn how we are helping your peers throughout the…

2018/02/13

IEDC Leadership Summit

Principals Andy Coe and Rick Kiernan look forward to “Betting Big on Innovative Economic Development” at this year’s IEDC Leadership Summit in Las Vegas, NV. Visit the Convergent booth to learn how we’ve helped economic development organizations throughout the country secure the big funding needed…

2018/01/28

Strategic Planning & Funding for Talent Development Webinar

We are excited to announce the upcoming Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives webinar, “Strategic Planning & Funding for Talent Development.” In this webinar, Convergent clients Jason Hutcheson, CEcD, President & CEO of the Greater Burlington Partnership (IA), and Susan Davenport, President & CEO of the Gainesville Area…

2018/01/25

Turning Data Into Dollars Webinar

Does your organization want to increase your capacity to help move individuals from homelessness to permanent housing? No matter how efficient and effective your operations are, growth isn’t possible without sufficient funding. In the webinar series “Impact Fundraising for Housing & Shelter,” we’ll empower your…

2018/01/23

Women’s March Florida

We hope you’ll join Carol Wick at 10am at Lake Eola as she speaks about #metoo and the next steps to ensure everyone has the right and the power to feel safe at work, home and in our communities. According to their website, “This anniversary…

2018/01/21

PromiseNet

Principal Rick Kiernan is looking forward to attending this year’s Promise Net conference, an annual “opportunity for Promise community stakeholders to come together and share best practices around designing, implementing, and sustaining place-based scholarship programs.” The Convergent team has worked successfully on the funding initiatives…

2017/11/06
South Carolina Economic Developers' Association

SCEDA’s Midyear Meeting

Principal Rick Kiernan will be exhibiting at this year’s South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association Midyear Meeting. As a longtime SCEDA member and event participant, Rick looks forward to reconnecting with friends, clients, and colleagues at this conference each year. The insights he gains from attending sessions…

2017/10/12

Conference for Community College Advancement

Principal Tom Ralser and Partner Joe April will be joining Stephanie Gorham, Development Officer at Tidewater Community College, to present, “Motivations & Money: How to Use ROI to Connect the Dots.” Their session, which takes place on Thursday, October 12th at 4:30pm, will teach attendees how…

2017/10/12
Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives

CACCE’s Annual Management Conference

Principal Rick Kiernan will be exhibiting at this year’s CACCE Annual Management Conference. As a longtime CACCE member and event participant, Rick looks forward to reconnecting with friends, clients, and colleagues at this conference each year. The insights he gains from attending sessions also allows us…

2017/10/11

Professional Developers of Iowa Fall Conference

We hope you’ll join Principal Mark Bergethon at this year’s PDI Fall Conference in Cedar Rapids. PDI’s conferences are an excellent opportunity for Mark to reconnect with friends, clients, and colleagues in the state, which is why he looks forward to exhibiting each year. Convergent has worked…

2017/09/27

Tennessee Economic Development Council Fall Conference

Partner Cheryl Hardy is looking forward to attending her first TEDC event. Our team has worked extensively throughout Tennessee over the years. Cheryl is excited to take this opportunity to attend sessions and learn more about the needs and challenges facing the Tennessee economic development…

2017/09/27

ACA, Southeastern 2017 Fall Camp Conference

What could your camp fund with a capital campaign? New and renovated facilities, special projects, equipment, scholarships, programming and operations, and more! Stop by Booth 30 to speak with Partner Tamera Toogood and learn how Convergent’s services can help you reach your funding goals. While…

2017/09/25

Georgia Economic Developers Association Annual Conference

Are you interested in increasing your financial resources, broadening your investor base, and establishing a predictable multi-year funding stream? Stop by our booth to learn how Convergent’s fundraising services can help your EDO achieve all of this and more!

2017/09/20

International Economic Development Council’s Annual Conference

Convergent is excited to once again be sponsoring and exhibiting at the IEDC Annual Conference! Principals Andy Coe and Rick Kiernan will be attending this year’s event in Toronto. Interested in learning about how our fundraising services can help your community secure funding for traditional…

2017/09/17
Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executives

Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executives’ 2017 Annual Membership Conference

Principal Mark Bergethon is looking forward to attending and exhibiting at this year’s TCCE Annual Membership Conference in Maryville, TN. The Convergent team has extensive experience managing chamber of commerce fundraising initiatives and has conducted multiple successful capital campaigns for chambers throughout Tennessee. We’d love to…

2017/08/23
Main Street Alabama - aLABama Downtown Laboratory

Main Street Alabama’s 4th Annual aLABama Downtown Laboratory

We look forward to attending our very first aLABama Downtown Laboratory, hosted by Main Street Alabama. This year’s event will “examine how focusing on details can catapult your revitalization efforts. Learn how cultivating volunteers, developing an engaged board, building strong partnerships with financial supporters, and using…

2017/08/21
SEDC Charlotte: Redefining Competitiveness Annual Conference 2017

Southern Economic Development Council 2017 Annual Conference

It’s time for another SEDC Annual Conference! Convergent has been a proud and active supporter of SEDC for many years, and our team always looks forward to attending this conference. Principals Rick Kiernan and Andy Coe, who is also the North Carolina Board Representative, will…

2017/08/20

Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives Annual Conference

Principals Mark Bergethon, Andy Coe, and Dave Popen are looking forward to attending this year’s annual conference! We will once again be exhibiting, so you can stop by Booth #34 at any time to learn more about our recent fundraising efforts for chamber clients across…

2017/07/16
North Carolina Economic Developers Association

North Carolina Economic Development Association Annual Conference

Join Principals Andy Coe and Rick Kiernan at the 2017 NCEDA Annual Conference. Being North Carolina residents themselves, Andy and Rick look forward to attending this event every year since they are personally invested in the  success of North Carolina’s economic development community. This conference is also an excellent…

2017/06/27
Nonprofit Works 2017: Managing Stellar Nonprofits

Nonprofit Works Conference

Convergent Partner Tamera Toogood is looking forward to attending the 2nd annual Nonprofit Works Conference in Jacksonville, Florida on June 22nd. This one-day event will host nonprofit professionals from throughout Northeast Florida as they discuss nonprofit development strategies in advocacy, finance, fundraising, planning, and more….

2017/06/22
MidAmerica Economic Development Council

Mid-America Economic Development Council Best Practices Conference

The MAEDC Best Practices Conference brings together both private and public leaders in the economic development sector to discuss the current economic environment throughout the Midwestern states. As an industry leader in public/private sector funding throughout the country, Convergent has worked with economic development organizations…

2017/06/21
Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives Conference

TCCE (TX) Annual Conference

We are so excited to be joining our chamber friends and colleagues as a sponsor and exhibitor at the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives’ (TCCE) Annual Conference taking place this June 20-22 in Clear Lake, Texas. When Convergent Principal Andy Coe is able to sneak…

2017/06/20
June 2017 AHP Big Ideas in Phoenix, AZ

Association of Healthcare Philanthropy: Big Ideas

Are you going to the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy’s Big Ideas conference this June 16th and 17th in Phoenix, Arizona? If so, we hope to see you there! Principal Tom Ralser will be presenting the session, “Monetizing Your Connections: Transforming Relationships Into Big Dollars,” on…

2017/06/16
IEDC Econ Future Forum June 2017, Little Rock, AR

IEDC’s 2017 Economic Future Forum

Will you be attending the IEDC Economic Future Forum June 4-6 in Little Rock, Arkansas? If so, we hope to see you there! IEDC focuses on supporting economic development industry leaders, whether you’re based in a small town or a bustling urban sprawl. Likewise, our fundraising…

2017/06/04
From Outcomes To Funding: Coffee & Conversation With Author Tom Ralser

From Outcomes to Funding: Coffee & Conversation with Author Tom Ralser

Please join us for “Coffee & Conversation with Author Tom Ralser,” hosted by Central Florida Foundation. During this casual event, Tom will engage attendees in a thought-provoking discussion on how to move, “From Outcomes to Funding,” utilizing key concepts shared in his book, “Asking Rights:…

2017/05/23
2017 Management and Leadership Conference

NHPCO’s 2017 Management & Leadership Conference

What could your hospice do with an additional $9.2 million? No matter what your organization’s financial situation is, there is almost always a need for more funding for building renovations and/or expansion, for new equipment and facility supplies, or to pay down debt and cover…

2017/05/01
MAKO Chamber Conference

MAKO Conference

Will you be attending the MAKO Annual Conference in Rogers, AR, starting this weekend? If so, we hope to see you there! Our commitment to understanding your funding needs is what has made Convergent the go-to fundraising firm for MAKO attendees and other chamber leaders…

2017/04/23
2017 AAACC Annual Convention - New Orleans, LA

American Association of Community Colleges Annual Convention

Will you be heading to New Orleans for the American Association of Community College’s 97th Annual Convention? Our team will be, and we hope to see you there! Convergent is one of the nation’s leading firms in economic, workforce, and community development fundraising. This conference…

2017/04/22
7th Annual Orlando Women's Conference

Orlando Women’s Conference

Join Partner Carol Wick at 2:30pm as she participates in the Power Panel Discussion “How can we impact our community?”

2017/04/07
NSFA National 2017

National School Foundation Assocation’s National Conference

Principal Tom Ralser is looking forward to presenting at that National School Foundation Association’s Annual Conference again this year. Tom will be co-presenting with Darrell Slabaugh, NSFA Board Member and Retired Foundation Executive Director. Be sure to join them on Wednesday, March 29th at 11:15am (E2)…

2017/03/27

North Carolina Economic Development Alliance Midwinter Conference

Principals Rick Kiernan and Andy Coe are looking forward to attending this year’s MidWinter Conference. We hope to see you there!

2017/03/14
2017 IEDC Leadership Summit

International Economic Development Council Leadership Summit

IEDC’s Leadership Summit is one of our annual “go-to” events. This year’s theme, “Strategic Partnerships for Economic Development,” is sure to offer a wealth of valuable insights. We have seen an increased emphasis on partnerships, in regionalism, workforce development, and funding, throughout the country, and…

2017/01/29
MidAmerica Economic Development Council

MAEDC Competitiveness Conference

While Principal Mark Bergethon attends a number of economic development conferences throughout the year, he always looks forward to MAEDC conferences because there is a such a broad geographic representation of economic developers present to learn from at each of them. This year’s Competitiveness Conference is…

2016/12/04
Georgia Education Advancement Council, Inc

Georgia Education Advancement Council Annual Conference

GAEC, Inc. “is a statewide organization for those at public and private colleges and universities who work in educational advancement including the areas of alumni, development, publications and communications.” This is an organization that Partner Lee Mikell is very passionate about given his own extensive…

2016/11/16
Association Of Fundraising Professionals Northern New England Chapter Annual Conference 2016

AFP Northern New England Annual Conference

“The Association of Fundraising Professionals–Northern New England Chapter (AFP-NNE) is excited to announce their two-day conference that will connect practitioners of philanthropy and individuals associated with non-profit organizations with practical, thought-provoking, and interactive sessions.” Convergent is excited to have Principal Tom Ralser included as one…

2016/11/02
PromiseNet 2016

PromiseNet

“PromiseNet is a convening of practitioners, policymakers, and researchers to learn more about the College Promise movement… PromiseNet 2016 will enable discussions around local place-based scholarship programs, community economic development models, and efforts underway to replicate and scale the College Promise with state and federal support.”…

2016/10/24
Pechakucha Orlando Logo

PechaKucha Night Orlando

PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps — just about anything, really — in the PechaKucha 20×20 format. PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20…

2016/10/21
Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives

CACCE Annual Management Conference

Principal Rick Kiernan, a resident of North Carolina and active member of the Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, is looking forward to attending this year’s management conference in Chapel Hill, NC. Convergent has been providing fundraising assistance to chambers, EDOs, and nonprofit organizations…

2016/10/19
North Carolina Economic Developers Association

NCEDA Fall Conference

Principal Rick Kiernan, a resident of North Carolina and active member of the North Carolina Economic Development Association, is looking forward to attending this year’s fall conference in Asheville. Convergent has been providing fundraising assistance to EDOs, chambers, and nonprofit organizations throughout the state for…

2016/10/18
UEDA Annual Summit Speaker

University Economic Development Association’s Annual Summit

Principal Andy Coe is looking forward to being a first-time attendee at this year’s UEDA Annual Summit, which “welcomes thought leaders from across the country to share ideas and best practices in university economic development.” He is especially excited to have been invited to present at…

2016/10/16
South Carolina Economic Developers' Association

SCEDA Mid-Year Meeting

Principal Rick Kiernan is looking forward to being back in Greenville for the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association’s Mid-Year Meeting. As a long-time attendee and SCEDA supporter, he enjoys having the opportunity to catch up with friends, clients, and colleagues, as well as to learn…

2016/10/13
Professional Developers of Iowa

Professional Developers of Iowa Fall Conference

Will you be attending the Professional Developers of Iowa Fall Conference in Fort Dodge? If so, we hope to see you there. This year’s theme, “Positioning Your Assets for Global Competition,” is a really interesting one, and Principal Mark Bergethon can’t wait to hear what…

2016/09/28
IEDC 2016 Annual Conference

International Economic Development Council’s Annual Conference

IEDC’s Annual Conference is the largest gathering of economic development professionals in the country. This year, an estimated 1,500 economic developers will be descending on Cleveland, and we can’t wait to see you there! This conference is a great opportunity for us to catch up…

2016/09/25
2016 North Carolina Center for Nonprofits Conference

NC Center for Nonprofits 2016 Annual Conference

The North Carolina Center for Nonprofit’s Annual Conference is a favorite of Principal Rick Kiernan‘s. As a North Carolina resident, he has worked with a wide variety of organizations throughout the state and loves having this opportunity to catch up with friends, clients, and colleagues. More…

2016/09/21
Leveraging Virginia's Value Proposition

Virginia Economic Developers’ Association Fall Conference

Convergent Principal Andy Coe is looking forward to attending this year’s VEDA Fall Conference, and hopes to see you in Hot Springs! He is currently managing capital campaigns in the state for Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance, Roanoke Regional Partnership (for the second time), and Virginia’s Gateway…

2016/09/21
Pennsylvania Economic Development Association

Pennsylvania Economic Development Association Webinar

Fundraising for Economic Development We’re excited to have Principal Rick Kiernan as one of the presenters for the upcoming PEDA webinar, “Fundraising for Economic Development,” along with co-presenters Michael Grigalonis and MaryFrances McGarrity, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Business Development for the Chester County…

2016/09/20
Transportation At The Crossroads 60th Annual NEDA Conference

Northeastern Economic Developers’ Association Annual Conference 2016

Principal Rick Kiernan is looking forward to attending the 2016 NEDA Annual Conference September 11th – 13th in New Haven, CT. The conference is a great chance for economic developers from eleven northeastern states to come together to learn and network. This year’s conference is…

2016/09/11
The Carolinas Center 40th Anniversary

The Carolinas Center’s 40th Annual Hospice & Palliative Care Conference

TCC’s Annual Conference is “the only conference in the Carolinas designed specifically for all hospice and palliative care professionals with the training and mentoring you need to keep your programs operating at the highest level.” One of the elements necessary to operate successfully is funding,…

2016/08/29
Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executives

Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executives Annual Membership Conference

Principal Mark Bergethon is looking forward to attending and exhibiting at this year’s TCCE Annual Membership Conference in Jackson, TN. The Convergent team has conducted successful capital campaigns for chambers of commerce throughout the state, and we’d love to help your chamber raise the funding you…

2016/08/17
Savannah ACCE Convention 2016

Association of Chamber of Commerce Executive’s Annual Conference

Convergent Principals Rick Kiernan and Mark Bergethon are looking forward to joining chamber professionals from North America and beyond in beautiful Savannah, GA this August for three days of learning, networking and celebrating. With an amazing lineup of keynote speakers and educational content, this conference is…

2016/08/09
Innovation 2016 Kansas City SEDC

Southern Economic Development Council’s Annual Conference

It’s that time of year again! Convergent has been a proud and active supporter of SEDC for many years, and our team always looks forward to attending this conference. Principal Andy Coe, who is also the North Carolina Board Representative, will be both attending and…

2016/07/31
North Carolina Public Charter Schools Association

North Carolina Charter Schools Conference

Convergent Principal Rick Kiernan is looking forward to celebrating 20 years of charter school law in North Carolina with a wide variety of charter school advocates at this year’s North Carolina Charter Schools Conference. After recently attending the National Charter Schools Conference, our team is…

2016/07/31

National Charter Schools Conference

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is “working to grow the number of high-quality charter schools available to all families, especially those who do not have access to high-quality public schools.” Part of this growth means securing funding to build and/or expand charter schools,…

2016/06/26

Council for Resource Development Summer Institute for Fundraising

“The Council for Resource Development is the member association for community college fundraising and grant development professionals.  With a fifty-year history that mirrors the growth of the community college movement, CRD has met member needs with programs carefully designed to advance both private and public…

2016/06/22

North Carolina Economic Developers’ Association Annual Conference

Convergent Principal Rick Kiernan will be attending the NCEDA Annual Conference again this year. As a long-time participant, he’s looking forward to catching up with colleagues, friends, and clients in beautiful Wrightsville Beach. Not only is a Rick a North Carolina resident, the Convergent team has been…

2016/06/14

National Children’s Alliance Leadership Conference

Convergent is proud to be a sponsor of the National Children’s Alliance, and Principal Scott Faulkenberry is looking forward to attending this year’s annual Leadership Conference. “Designed specifically for leaders in the Children’s Advocacy Center movement, NCA’s Leadership Conference is the only such event of its…

2016/06/05

Planet Philanthropy – Keynote Presentation

We are looking forward to having Principal Tom Ralser provide the Lunch Plenary Session on Monday, May 23rd at this year’s Planet Philanthropy, speaking on the topic “Collaborative Outcomes: Can you really raise money that way?” This event is the annual statewide conference presented by the…

2016/05/22

Mid-America Economic Development Council’s Best Practices Conference

Principal Mark Bergethon has been involved with the Mid-America Economic Development Council for many years, and he will be exhibiting at the Best Practices Conference again this year. As he stated in a past “Conference FAQs” blog post, “I always look forward to MAEDC conferences…

2016/05/18

North Carolina YMCA CEO Retreat

Convergent is looking forward to sponsoring this annual event for the first time ever. Convergent Principal Andy Coe & Project Director Johnny Day will both be in attendance, participating in the various sessions and learning more about the funding challenges facing YMCA’s throughout the state….

2016/05/16

South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association Annual Conference

Convergent Principal Rick Kiernan will be attending the SCEDA Annual Conference again this year. As a long-time participant, he’s looking forward to being back at the beautiful Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa and catching up with colleagues, friends, and clients. Convergent has been providing our fundraising…

2016/05/04

California Association for Local Economic Development’s Annual Conference

This year’s conference “will give CALED members and non-members alike the opportunity to gather together and discuss the latest trends in economic development and solutions to pressing problems.” As a long-time attendee of this conference, Principal Mark Bergethon is familiar with the high-quality content and…

2016/04/26

National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization’s 31st Management & Leadership Conference

The NHPCO’s Management & Leadership Conference “will explore how hospice and palliative care leaders anticipate, respond, shape and navigate through and despite change as well as the creativity, innovations, collaborations and successes that arise during times of significant change.” Convergent Principal Andy Coe is looking…

2016/04/21

National School Foundation Association 11th Annual Conference

The National School Foundation Association’s primary mission is to provide support, training, and resources to education foundations and their leaders to maximize their success. It’s no wonder, then, that their annual conference is highly attended by education foundation executive directors, staff, and board members, as…

2016/04/18

Southern Economic Development Council’s Meet the Consultants

SEDC’s annual Meet the Consultants event is a member favorite, allowing economic developers to gain useful insights directly from some of the top site selectors in the south. Principal Andy Coe will be attending this event. If you would like to set up a one-on-one…

2016/03/30

NCEDA MidWinter Conference

Convergent has been a long time sponsor and attendee of NCEDA’s events, and Principals Rick Kiernan and Andy Coe are looking forward to attending yet another NCEDA conference. At the upcoming MidWinter Conference, attendees will “learn more about the steps being taken to keep North Carolina…

2016/03/08

South Carolina Rural Summit

Principal Rick Kiernan is looking forward to once again attending the annual South Carolina Rural Summit. “Leaders across the state will assemble for the 2016 Annual Rural Summit Interactive Workshop that will challenge attendees to return home to improve their local communities.” The summit provides…

2016/02/28

Council for Advancement & Support of Education District III Annual Conference

Convergent Principal Scott Faulkenberry & Partner Lee Mikell are looking forward to attending this year’s SOLD OUT conference with the more than 1,300 advancement professionals who registered. There are several sessions on the agenda that we are especially looking forward to attending, such as “Building…

2016/02/14

International Economic Development Council’s 2016 Leadership Summit

Principals Andy Coe & Mark Bergethon are looking forward to starting the 2016 conference season off by exhibiting at this year’s IEDC Leadership Summit. According to the conference website, “We’ll discuss the latest trends and hot topics for our profession and challenge leaders to think…

2016/01/24

2015 Mid-America Competitiveness Conference & Site Selector Forum

While Principal Mark Bergethon attends a number of economic development conferences throughout the year, he always look forward to MAEDC conferences because there is a such a broad geographic representation of economic developers present to learn from at each of them. This year’s Competitiveness Conference is…

2015/12/06

Georgia Education Advancement Council Annual Conference

GAEC, Inc. “is a statewide organization for those at public and private colleges and universities who work in educational advancement including the areas of alumni, development, publications and communications.” This is an organization that Partner Lee Mikell is very passionate about given his own extensive…

2015/11/18

Southern Economic Development Council Board Retreat

Principal Andy Coe currently serves on the SEDC board as the Alternate Director for North Carolina, as well as having been recently elected as the incoming 2016-2017 North Carolina Director. As such, he attends as many board meetings and SEDC events as possible. The board retreat…

2015/11/01

National Children’s Alliance 2015 Chapter Summit

Convergent is excited to have recently become National Corporate Partners in support of the NCA. While we have attending past NCA events, the upcoming National Chapter Summit will be our first conference as Corporate Partners, and we’re excited to be taking on this new role…

2015/10/28

North Carolina Council for Resource Development Annual Conference

“NC CORD is a statewide organization comprised of North Carolina Community College Resource Development officers working together to enhance resource development efforts on all state community college campuses while providing professional development opportunities within the North Carolina Community College System.” Principal Rick Kiernan is looking…

2015/10/21

North Carolina Economic Developers’ Association Fall Conference

Convergent Principals Rick Kiernan and Andy Coe are not only active members of NCEDA, they are both North Carolina residents, making them personally invested in the success and development of the organizations within their home state. This passion for and knowledge of the North Carolina…

2015/10/20

CausePlanet Podcast – Asking Rights™

CausePlanet.org is an organization committed to assisting nonprofit leaders by “curating and summarizing the most important new books ranging from nonprofit leadership and governance to nonprofit marketing and fundraising.” We were honored to have Tom Ralser’s book Asking Rights™ selected to be one of their…

2015/10/15

2015 Alliance National Conference

We look forward to joining hundreds of nonprofit professionals representing human-serving nonprofit organizations in St. Louis for this year’s Alliance Annual Conference. The conference theme, “Rise. For conscience, cause, and community,” promises to provide plenty of inspiration and guidance on “how to achieve genuine community…

2015/10/14

Indiana Municipal Power Agency Community Workshop

The Indiana Municipal Power Agency (IMPA), in partnership with the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, will be hosting their annual community workshop with the theme “Communities. Downtowns. Places. Our Identities.” We are honored to have Principal Tom Ralser invited to close out this day of…

2015/10/14

International Economic Development Council Annual Conference

The Convergent team is looking forward to attending this year’s IEDC Annual Conference in Anchorage, AK! Not only will we be exhibiting with Principals Andy Coe, Mark Bergethon, and Rick Kiernan available at Booth #600 to answer all of your questions about our fundraising services,…

2015/10/04

Association for Healthcare Philanthropy Annual International Conference

Convergent’s Lee Mikell is looking forward to “join(ing) an engaging and energizing community of health care development professionals in Orlando where members are open, helpful and incredibly creative.” The annual AHP International Conference is “the perfect place to share ideas, resources, best practices and benchmarks…

2015/09/30

Professional Developers of Iowa Fall Conference

Principal Mark Bergethon has been an active member of PDI for many years, and always looks forward to attending at least one PDI event each year. This year he’ll be joining economic developers from throughout the state in Mason City, IA for the Fall Conference….

2015/09/23

Tennessee Economic Development Council 2015 Fall Conference

Join Principal Andy Coe and economic development professionals from throughout the state of Tennessee for the TEDC Fall Conference in Knoxville! The Convergent team has strong ties to Tennessee and has conducted several successful fundraising campaigns in the state, so we always look forward to…

2015/09/16

Florida Economic Development Conference

Convergent Principal Mark Bergethon will be joining economic development professionals from throughout the state in his home town of Orlando for this year’s Florida Economic Development Conference. Be sure to take a moment to visit Mark at the Convergent booth while you’re there to learn more about…

2015/07/13

Virginia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives’ Annual Meeting

Convergent Principal Andy Coe will be joining Chamber professionals from throughout the state in Roanoke for this year’s VACCE Annual Meeting. Be sure to take a moment to visit Andy at the Convergent booth while you’re there to learn more about how we can help your chamber…

2015/06/25

North Carolina Economic Development Association’s Annual Conference

As state locals, Principals Rick Kiernan and Andy Coe always look forward to attending the NCEDA Annual Conferences. It’s a great chance to catch up with our many past and current clients within the state, as well as colleagues and friends they’ve made throughout the years….

2015/06/09

National Children’s Alliance Leadership Conference

We are honored to have Principal Tom Ralser selected as a speaker at this year’s National Children’s Alliance Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. He will be presenting the session Capital Campaigns: The Next Generation on Monday, June 1st, at 1:45pm. The session description is shared below. “Capital…

2015/05/31

South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association Annual Conference

Principal Rick Kiernan is excited to once again be attending SCEDA’s Mid-Year Meeting. Be sure to ask about Convergent’s extensive experience working in the Carolina’s, where we have helped economic development organizations of all sizes throughout both North and South Carolina reach their funding goals….

2015/05/06

MAKO Chamber Conference

Four States. One Vision. Convergent Principal Mark Bergethon will be joining Chamber professionals from Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma for the MAKO Chamber Conference. MAKO will provide a prime environment for industry networking and professional development. Be sure to take a moment to visit Mark…

2015/04/26